What is Natural Paint?

“Lots of us think that low-VOC or no-VOC products from major paint manufacturers are a healthy alternative to standard conventional paint but unfortunately that’s often not the case. As German consumer organization OekoTest says:  “Many new products have been introduced by … paint manufacturers … which are touted as environmentally friendly because of their reformulation as a “low-VOC”...

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Post-Typhoon Haiyan Philippine Rebuilding and More Debt!

Typoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in late 2013 with 300 km/h which affected about 11 million people.  There are numerous organizations helping rebuild the islands that were devastated.  Some issues plaguing the rebuilding efforts: a. Better building codes for future disasters.  “Introduced in 2005 to oversee the development and upgrading of buildings, the code covers

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Google’s Vibrant London Office

Lots of colors.  Careful thoughts on meeting room & telephone and individual video conference booth designs.  Gym, showers, massage & spa and an Asian fusion/Sushi restaurant free for the staff… “Open plan workstations for all staff are mixed with a few offices, meeting rooms and open break out seating areas and support spaces for printing

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More Creative Workspaces to Admire

The pictures speak a thousand words.  Definitely creative & worth admiring: 1. Brandbase (Amsterdam): 2. Macquarie Investment Bank (Sydney): 3. Selgas Cano (Madrid): 4. South and Browse (Berlin): 5. Group 8 (Switzerland): 6. ANZ Breakout and Learning Centre (Melbourne): 7. Post Panic (Amsterdam): 8. 37 Signals (Chicago): Source: Workspace: 40 Ultimately Creative Offices To Get Example From...

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The Science Behind Not Rushing

The idea is to take some time.  Not everything has to happen NOW.   And we all seem to be rushing from one meeting or task to another.   I’ve learned to space out my meetings so I don’t have to stress by rushing to the next thing I need to do. “Some people find

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What Bare Wall?

Thinking of something different to install on that bare wall aside from a framed art.  Check out these ideas: 1. How about a cluster of colorful “something”? 2. Oversize lettering 3. DIY wall scultpure 4. Decorative wall brackets 5. A vintage sign 6. Wall stickers Source: A Dozen Creative Ideas for Decorating Blank Walls  

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Sick…Stay Home!

It’s starts with you, the Boss.  If you stay home when sick, others will follow.  Oftentimes, at least here in SF/Silicon Valley, there is such strong work ethic & an almost maddening need to be always connected thus employees still go to work even when they’re sick.  Consider these 3 levels of sickness that may

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Not Just a CoffeeShop

I was in San Luis Obispo this week & decided to check-out Kreuzberg.  I was looking for a coffee shop that serves healthier, quick options for breakfast & of course a place to hang-out & do some work even though I’m technically on vacation.  (When I’m in the US, a vacation means “try hard not

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Homemade Leather Cleaners

No need to buy all those chemicals for cleaning your leather upholstery.  Why not try some “home-brewed” solutions?  Like everything else, test a small inconspicuous area before applying everywhere. Basic cleanser and conditioner:  ¼ cup olive oil ½ cup white vinegar 10 drops lemon or eucalyptus essential oil (optional) Protein-based spot or stain:  ¼ cup

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Treadmill Desks Productivity

I believe the verdict is not quite out yet.  It seems like one needs to get used to the idea of walking on a treadmill & conducting business at the same time.  I do support the idea of not just sitting the whole day…glued to your computer & giving yourself a break.  But taking a

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Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer What?

Do you know that roof membranes are made of “ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), thermal polyolefin (TPO), Hypalon, modified bitumen, and built-up roofing”.  😉 And that you can specify “asphaltic and tar-based coatings for use with coal-tar-pitch built-up roof systems” or “non-asphaltic coatings, including urethanes, acrylics, and...

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Don’t Skip That Lunch

Even I’m guilty of this.  I tell myself, just one more article… one more email… oh, I have to add this to my reminder.  And then I get caught up & I decide to just eat at my desk thinking that I will be ahead of the game.  But no, not really.   It seems

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